Community

Community — Greater Valley Glen CouncilThe Greater Valley Glen Council area is in the South Valley district of the San Fernando Valley along with neighboring communities, Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and North Hollywood to name a few. The GVGC is in Council District 2 represented by Councilmember Paul Krekorian.

According to the U.S. Census 2000 Data, the estimated population for the Greater Valley Glen Area is 45,072. The demographics are 42.8% white; 41.9% Hispanic; 5.3% Asian; 5.1% multiple race; 4.1% Afro-American; 0.4% other race; 0.2% Native American; 0.1% Pacific Islander. Renter-occupied housing units make up 61.5% and owner-occupied housing units make up 38.5%.

Greater Valley Glen is home to Los Angeles Valley College, founded in 1949, with an enrollment today of 16,000 students. Los Angeles Valley College is the center of influence for education, personal development, lifelong learning, cultural activities, and career training in the San Fernando Valley. LAVC offers classes in more than 75 academic disciplines, as well as certificates in 60 vocational fields, to help students reach their educational goals. LAVC is now in the midst of a decade-long, physical revitalization process made possible by the passage of Propositions A, AA, and 47. Dr. Tyree Wieder, Ed.D. is President of Los Angeles Valley College.

Greater Valley Glen is also home to the Great Wall of Los Angeles, the world’s longest mural (2754 feet) along the L.A. River/Tujunga Wash flood control by Grant High School. Begun in 1974 by San Fernando Valley native, Dr. Judith Baca, Founder and Artistic Director for Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), it was painted over five summers by mostly at risk youths between the ages of 14 and 21 to help beautify and restore the river. The Great Wall is a landmark pictorial representation of the history of ethnic peoples of California from prehistoric times to the 1950’s. Production of the Great Wall has involved the support of many government agencies, community organizations, businesses, corporations, foundations, and individuals. With accompanying park and bike trails, the Great Wall hosts thousands of visitors every year.

Public Schools include Ulysses S. Grant High School, located on 34 acres in Valley Glen. The school was established in 1959 as part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Grant High School is a ninth-to twelfth-grade comprehensive high school with an enrollment of just under 3200 students in the residential school. In addition, 390 students attend the Communication Technology Magnet. Linda Ibach is Principal of Grant.

Erwin Street Elementary School, a LEARN school located in Valley Glen near Los Angeles Valley College. Serving over 1,000 pre-K through 5th grade students, Erwin Street Elementary began as a relatively small, public school serving 300 students in 1949. Quoting, Principal Maria Awakian “We give our students a solid foundation for further studies while encouraging each child to fulfill his or her potential. We believe that “College Begins Here!”

Monlux (John B.) Elementary School, located in Valley Glen, serves Grades K-5 with an enrollment of over 800 students. Randy Benigno is Principal of Monlux.

Kittridge Street Elementary School, located in Valley Glen, serves Grades K-5 with an enrollment of over 1115 students. Joan Blair is Principal of Kittridge.